COIMBATORE: A science teacher has sought to reach out to his students by going back to the once popular Hero pens.
The teacher at Velliangadu government school near Karamadai chose to pay his respects to the his hero, revolutionary poet Subramania Bharathi, on his birth anniversary by gifting the fountain pens to all the 750 students from classes VI to XII.
For C Kannan, who spent `20,000 for the gifts, such acts of benevolence are not new, as he has already provided students from economically weaker sections with two sets of uniforms.
The science teacher, who has completed two years at the Velliangadu Government Higher Secondary School, says the gesture would also serve as an encouragement for the students who are in the middle of their half-yearly exams.
Speaking to Express, Kannan said, “Sincerity and dedication from teachers motivate students to perform better. Inspiring children and moulding them into responsible citizens are part of the duty of every teacher.”
R Palanisamy, headmaster of the school, said that though Kannan was appointed as a BT Assistant to handle science classes for students of classes VI to IX, out of interest, he used to take English and Mathematics classes.
Whenever teachers handling Class X were not present, he used to chip in and help the students, he added. Another interesting aspect with Kannan, as pointed out by his colleagues, was that he would make the learning process interesting for students by discussing general issues with them before getting into the text books.
According to the staffers, “Kannan also has good knowledge about computers and helps us a lot in our work. He is always optimistic and ready to help.”